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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Sober Fun in Santa Monica

There’s so much to experience in Santa Monica during the holiday season – and being sober is just part of the fun. Here are just a few fun activities to add to your winter to-do list. 
  • Go to the beach. While you won’t want to venture into the freezing water, you certainly can dive into a good book. Throw on a sweatshirt, pack a blanket and pick a spot to relax on the beach with an inspirational read.  
  • Lace up your ice skates. Every holiday season, Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into a 8,000 square foot ice rink – perfect for getting a taste of winter without the frostbite. In fact, there are a handful of outdoor rinks in the LA-area that stay frozen through January and February. 
  • Take a hike. It’s the perfect season to climb into the hills – with no crowds and clear crystal skies. Just remember to dress in layers and be sure to take into account the fleeting daylight before setting out on your hike. 
  • Get your soup on. There’s nothing better than a bowl of ramen – or udon or miso or pho – to warm your bones on those 50 degree days. Call up a friend and head to Little Tokyo or Sawtelle. 
  • Visit Santa. You’re never too old for a photo with Saint Nick. Head to Center Plaza at Santa Monica Place and feel like a kid again as you visit his winter home. 
  • Schedule a spa day. The holidays are filled with stress and a little relaxation and rejuvenation is likely in order. Check your local area for any holiday spa specials and give yourself the gift of self-care this season.
More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6 Tips for a Healthy, Sober Thanksgiving

Whether this is your first Thanksgiving post-rehab or you have several years under your belt, sticking to a few healthy habits will ensure that you have a fun and sober holiday. 

Start with these helpful tips: 
  1. Count your blessings. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on your recovery and new sober life. Take time this holiday to express gratitude to the friends and family who have helped with your journey. 
  2. Think out-of-the box. If you’re not ready to spend time with family or attend a celebration that may include alcohol, then it's okay to create a new sober tradition with a few supportive friends or family members. Some ideas: Have a baking party, go on a nature hike, see a movie, or volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
  3. Keep stress at bay. Make an effort on Thanksgiving to make time for self-care, whether you go for a jog, write in your journal or meditate in the morning before the festivities. And don’t forget to focus on sleep. Sticking to a regular bedtime routine is more important than ever during the busy holiday season ahead. 
  4. Indulge wisely. Try not to completely undue the healthy eating habits you’ve learned to support your recovery. Load up on the veggies and enjoy moderate portions of your favorite sides, entrees and desserts.  
  5. Bring your own beverage. Why not bring the host a bottle of flavored water or sparkling cider that you and the guests can all enjoy. 
  6. Have an emergency plan. Ask a sponsor or trusted friend to be on-call in case you begin to feel overwhelmed. If you’re traveling, it’s also wise to looking up 12-step meetings in the area. 
Preventing Relapse All Season 
A relapse only requires a moment of weakness; when the stresses of life overwhelm you, it’s easy to turn to your drug of choice in order to escape. Keeping relapse at bay is about cementing new habits and remaining accountable to the recovery support system – and we’re here to help. To learn more about our recovery residences, call today: 888-551-4725.




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6 Benefits of Music for Your Recovery

Music therapy is offered at many rehabs – and listening, singing along or playing songs may even have helped you cope with early sobriety. 

Don’t turn off those tunes just yet, however. Even after rehab, the right notes can help you eat and sleep better, stress less, move more and have greater self-awareness – all important habits for overall health and lasting sobriety. 

And these are just a few of the many incredible health benefits of music; here’s a closer look at these and a few others.
  • Less fatigue. Whether rock, hip hop or jazz, upbeat music has been study-proven to boost your energy. On the flip side, calming music has been found to help a person fall asleep. 
  • Better mood. Music has been shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce stress and it can even minimize the effects of depression.
  • Healthier eating habits. Diners ate about 18 percent less and reported enjoying their food more when participants dined with jazz music playing, according to a Cornell study.
  • Anger management. The next time you feel your blood boiling after a driver cuts you off, switch on some mellow music. This will help you stay calmer and make fewer mistakes according to research published in the journal Ergonomics.
  • Increased self-awareness. One study found that listening to music helped study participants to think about themselves, who they wanted to be and give them an escape from the present. 
  • More motivation to move. Music with high-groove qualities induces movement in the listener. In other words, the right playlist can help you move no matter how much you’re dreading that workout. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

You likely already know the importance of getting your flu shot, but there are a few other lifestyle tweaks you can make to decrease your risk of getting sick this cold and flu season. 

The good news: Now that your body is rid of toxins from substance abuse, it will be a lot easier to boost your immune system and fend off germs. 

Start with these tips.
  • Don’t get lazy about laundry.  This is especially important when it comes to sheets and towels, which should be sanitized in hot water more often during cold and flu season. 
  • Crack the windows: Did you know that indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outdoor air? Letting in a little fresh air can go a long way toward chasing away these germs. 
  • Strive for solid shut-eye. Lack of sleep leads to low immunity, so it's super important to get in those seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Remember: Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on weekends. 
  • Make more effort to move. Regular exercise won’t kill germs but it may cut down on the number of sick days due to colds or sore throats, according to experts at American Council on Exercise. 
  • Say no to processed foods. Foods high in fats, salt and sugar can suppress your immune system, making it that much harder to fend off any germs this cold and flu season. Instead, load up on fall superfoods like kale, sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkin. 
  • Keep stress at bay. Whether mediation, yoga or deep breathing, making relaxation strategies part of your day to day can help manage stress, which has been study-proven to ravage the immune system.
Stay Well Year-Round
Learning to make healthy choices is a key element of the sober living program at Haus Recovery. During your stay, you will learn to maintain your abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy-Hour Alternatives for Connecting With Coworkers

For those in recovery, happy hour with work friends is more like horror hour – and a major threat to your hard-won sobriety. While you want to stay social, you also need to do what’s best for your recovery – so what’s your option? 

Why not get a little creative: You connect with your coworkers and shake off stress by participating in one (or more) of the following sober activities: 
  • Join an adult sports league. From soccer to softball to bowling, a social sports league is the perfect way to bond with colleagues, work on team-building skills and squeeze in a workout. 
  • Start a meditation group. Talk to your employer about using the conference room after-hours or search for a local yoga or meditation studio. Many studios offer “happy hour” classes as an alternative to heading to the bar. 
  • Get artistic. Gather a group of coworkers and head to your local art gallery or museum. Many venues are open late at least one evening during the week. Or, meet up and make your own art. A bit of creativity is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work. 
  • Host a book club. We’ve talked before about the many health benefits of reading – stress management, improved sleep, enhanced concentration, for example – and forming a book club is a great way to help you read more. Just think: If you meet with coworkers once a month, that’s 12 books you can check off your list each year.
Employment Help at HAUS
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inding and keeping a job, and making a contribution to society, is a pillar of recovery. After all, accountability and being self-supporting are vital steps to the reintegration process. Our staff will assist you with resume building and more. To learn about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fun and Sober Activities for Fall

Fall is officially here and there's a host of fun and sober activities to enjoy in sunny Southern California. Of course, you can still enjoy the best beaches around come October, but there are more autumn-inspired things to do, too. 

Here are a few ideas: 
  • Enjoy the foliage. Whether you visit a nearby garden or go for a hike at a local mountain, there are plenty of spots to soak up nature and admire the vibrant colors of fall. 
  • Arrange an apple picking day. East coasters aren’t the only ones who can get their fill of apples this season; there are plenty of apple picking spots around Los Angeles. 
  • Play in a pumpkin patch: Head out with some friends or family members and pick that perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern. Many pumpkin patches will have petting zoos and haunted mazes, too.
  • Go camping. Fall means fewer bugs, less crowded campgrounds and cooler temperatures perfect for cozying up by the campfire. Or, check out a nearby glamping (short for glamorous camping) destination where you get the best of both worlds – a back-to-nature break from daily life without a sore back or mosquito bites.
  • Head to the farmer’s market. Tis the season of pumpkin spice everything – and don’t forget apples, sweet potatoes, squash and figs. Added bonus: Many of these foods are packed with essential vitamins to help restore your body and mind from the damage of alcohol or substance abuse. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

4 Ways to Celebrate Your Recovery

Whether you measure your sobriety in days, weeks, months or years, these milestones are definitely worth celebrating. In fact, taking time to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to lasting recovery is a great way to stay motivated. Here are some fun and sober ideas to help you celebrate your sobriety milestones. 

  1. Get together with loved ones. Spending quality time with those closest to you is the perfect way to celebrate your recovery and thank friends and family who have supported you along the way. It can be simple. Arrange a movie night or potluck dinner or afternoon in the park with snacks and Frisbee.
  2. Participate in recovery events. September happens to be Recovery Month and there are plenty of in-person and online events going on. Visit Recoverymonth.gov to find an event near you. Celebrating your recovery with others in the community can also help to secure your sobriety as you develop a wider network of supporters. 
  3. Volunteer. If you’re uncomfortable with a celebration that focuses solely on you, then why not reward yourself by giving back to others. After all, helping others feels good. Look up volunteer opportunities in your local newspaper – from community gardens to animal care, you’re sure to find a worthy cause that piques your interest.
  4. Reward and enrich yourself. A smart way to celebrate your recovery is to reward yourself by doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Now is your chance, for example, to enroll in that photography class or to visit a new nearby city. Treat yourself – you’ve definitely earned it!
Recovery Activities at Haus Recovery
At Haus Recovery, we’ll help open you up to new experiences and joys as you embrace your new sober life. Sobriety is the beginning of a fun, fulfilling and lifelong adventure. To learn more, call today: 888-555-4715.